I really wish there was a video of the first time I strung up a hammock ... 'the biner clip goes where? I can't tie a knot! how does this figure 9 work? what's going on here? who are these people?'
I KNOW it was amusing for those watching (and, actually, continues to be, apparently )
My first time was on the trail, in the rain, in the dark. Though I did have AngrySparrow there to laugh at me and make sure I actually got it semi-correct.
The next night was much easier, now it's just a matter of finding trees that aren't covered in poison oak
It does seem like a lot of things to get right, but just go do it, it's all accumlated knowledge and once you get it you'll start tinkering and customizing to make it work better for your particular preference.
Live by the sword, die by the arrow
Plan, sort out, and test your bottom insulation approach at home with a bail plan before heading out to field use....experiance keep a hard school and potentially miserable lesson on this subject.... summer nights may fool you with a false sense of bottom system acceptablity.
Ounces to Grams.
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I know exactly how you feel because I felt exactly the same way...information overload. A lot of it is minutiae. As someone earlier posted, we tend to over analyze a lot of these things...so, your head can become loaded with a lot of things that you don't really need to know to set up your hammock. Just set it up when you get it and lay in it....then try sleeping in it overnight in different kinds of weather. There really isn't a single "right answer" for most things. If you are uncomfortable, then look to the list for suggestions. If you are comfortable, then there is no reason to change your set-up...unless, of course, you are bitten by the "buy some new gear" bug. Once you've slept in your hammock, a lot of the great information and creativity that is available on the forum will make a lot more sense.